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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be

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With me are Martin Bentham of the London Evening Standard

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Congratulations to him. He had a baby girl not long ago. And

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broadcaster, Lynne Faulds Wood who says she has brought her own

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percussion section with her. That necklace. We love it.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:

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The FT says that George Osborne will deliver ?4 billion

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worth of spending cuts in this week's Budget.

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the i, which says that the gap between Britain's rich and poor

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The Metro says that campaigners attacked Mr Osborne

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over proposed cuts to disability benefits.

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Barack Obama's plan to warn Britons against leaving the EU "a piece

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of outrageous and exorbitant hypocrisy", according

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landlords and letting agents have become millionaires by collecting

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an investigation on the cost of childcare.

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It says nursery care for two children costs more than an average

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"Woman's weekly salary," not a man's. And the daily Mail says there

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is a crushing verdict on Angela Merkel's immigration policy.

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So quite a lot of different headlines tonight. We'll start with

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the i. Cut now or pay later, it says. Fresh cuts of ?4 billion are

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expected in Wednesday's budget. How would we be paying later, is

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that clear, if we don't cut now? This is a question the from the

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Chancellor, George Osborne, who was talking about this today. He is

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basically saying - which is the narrative he has articulated all

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along since he has been Chancellor, is we have to get our economy in

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good shape, otherwise, the instability that is increasingly in

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the world that he looks at and thinks theres a problem for us, will

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cause us to have things like higher borrowing costs and basically

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greater costs to bear in the future. So, he is basically saying unless

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you get your economy sorted out in a trim shape and so on, therefore we

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will be in a worse position and everything will cost more and there

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will be great ever pain to come. That's his argue um. Not one that

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the Labour Party shares. The argument he made today is we are

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only talking about a half of 1% cut, 50 p in every pound the Government

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spends. That doesn't sound a a lot. He says ?4 billion cuts are in the a

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huge amount. Compared with the size of what the Government spends, I

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suppose, it doesn't look like that. It is where he is going for the cuts

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and one of the places he is going, I spent the weekend in a school for

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disabled children, Oldham, so disability is in my mind at the

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moment. That's one of the areas where he be looking to make the cuts

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and families could find themselves ?100 better off, in the area where

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we have been, Oldham, not exactly the richest area in the entire

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country and is going to suffer among the biggest cuts, whereas some of

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the more leafier bits of the Home Counties will suffer small cuts? How

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is it targeted geographically if it is made at a national level? Because

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some people have fewer people with problems in their areas than others.

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So it disproportionately pulls across the country. On the front of

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the i he says the gap - a couple of headlines there underneath the main

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headline - and the send one being - gap between Britain's rich and poor

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now wider than ever. As far as I can see from the information we have got

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so far on what he is going to do on Wednesday, he is not doing anything

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to stop that gap. This is because the economy isn't as big, hasn't

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grown as much as we thought, isn't the size as it was, the us a of

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budget responsibility says it is smaller than we thought. George

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Osborne is warning the economy is in the worst state it has been since

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the crash eight years ago. And the cuts are on top of the cuts

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scheduled, so it is not ?# billion on its own, which makes it harder to

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find the savings and I spokes that also would be, point you made there,

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would be - the counterargument that certainly Labour would articulate

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and indeed other parties that are opposing the Tories, would say,

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actually, his economic strategy, the Tories say it has helped, put us in

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a better position to weather the economic storm we face and they

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compare it with the European economies, which have probably done

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worse than we have, so there is perhaps some merit to that but

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Labour at the same time would certainly say - actually investing

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for growth in the long-term infrastructure investment would have

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helped us be in eight bore position. Whether that is right is unknown. It

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is mystifying three months ago in his 7th budget he was saying we were

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in great shape now we have ?18 billion black hole four months

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later. The OBR says the economy is not what it was, he has to react? He

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has to rect a. Why didn't he see that coming. He is saying ah, but

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China. But that was happening three months. I'm sure we will not be

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hearing the full story. #50i89' sure we will get plenty more before

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Wednesday. Boris rage at I crit Obama. This is the quote -- at

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hypocrite. He says." Barack Obama's reasons to urge Britons to remain in

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the European is outrageous and exorbitant hypocrisy." He has

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already been meddling nine months ago, maybe Boris didn't notice that.

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Is it meddling if he is asked? Bore sis calling it that. He is saying

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basically America would not stand for the things we had to stand for

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in Europe. This is Boris' column, I guess in tomorrow's Telegraph coming

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out in large chunks here. He is saying it is laughable the way we

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put up with things like - he has a hole list of them, the International

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Criminal Court in The Hague. The Americans wouldn't have anything to

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do with that, they wouldn't have anything 20 could with the

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convention of law. He is basically saying that Obama coming out in

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favour of us staying in Europe is not something the Americans would

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ever stand for. It is like comparing chalk and cheese. They haval Bill of

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Rights in America, and we don't have that. It is trying to compare a

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country that's part of a yawn that is nothing like America. That's

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true. -- part of a union. That's another point that it makes that the

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United States has its own federal union, but they all speak English,

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there are lots of cultural similarities between them in the way

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it isn't in Europe. But point is broadly correct - he makes the point

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that the Americans are not part of the International Criminal Court.

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They are one of the very few countries that haven't signed up to

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it and so on. They protect their own independence and own sovereignty

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very, very strongly, understandably and what Boris is saying is - why on

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earth should we listen to them lecturing us about this? The other

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point, I suppose, that you might say is - of course one of the reasons

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the Americans want us to stay in the European Union and always have done

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is not necessarily for our own interests but because they want us

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to exercise a good influence on what they see is a good influence on the

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other members of the European Union. So, it is in the American's

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interests for to us stay n whether it is in our own, it a different

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issue. Having said - no, we really do have a special relationship,

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having been critical of David Cameron, the other day. Staying with

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the Daily Telegraph News in Brief at the bottom. Western tourists killed

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in Ivory Coast gun attack. Probably came too late for first editions to

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do much on this story but again we are seeing what appear to be

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Al-Qaeda-affiliates wreaking havoc in parts of South Africa. Yes, six

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gunmen invading the beach and hotel used by Westerners and tourists in

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this country. It is a very depressing story. There have been

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two other attacks in recent times in other parts of West Africa and one

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in Mali which has had a history of problems and another one in bu keen

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yes fas sow which I don't think had and certainly the Ivory Coast which

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has had difficulties of its own with civil wars and so on -- Bukino Fask.

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So, it does seem there is a growing danger of this appalling terrorism

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creeping into a region which hasn't had it before which is very

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depressing And France saying they'll offer support, as a form Ercol any.

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The trouble with the small countries, I went to one exactly a

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year ago in this area, they don't have security forces standing by. So

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if six gunmen appear on a Bev in a small place, there is not -- on a

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beach in a small place there is not going to be ability to stop them

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wreaking havoc. There isn't any any country, unless you have a

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completely militaristic society. There are softs targets everywhere.

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Yes, and it'll stop people going there, because they were worried

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about Ebola and now the attacks. We have seen that in North Africa, it

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hammers the countries and their tourist industries, which is

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extremely important. They are countries we should try to go to.

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The Times, the attacks in an carria. Since this paper was printed which

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says 27 people were killed, we are now hearing more like 34 people

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killed and 100 wounded. -- Ankara. Another awful story. Turkey has had

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three attacks in Ankara in the last six months and another one in inStan

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bull. And awful bot of instability there. The prens of the Islamic

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State which carried out a couple of attacks in Turkey and it is a

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fundamentally important country in that region for all sorts of

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regions. And facing this type of attack and instability and where it

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leads is worrying. It shows anyone can do anything almost anywhere. The

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wonderful thing is we haven't had more attacks really. I think the

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number of attacks is increasing in Turkey. It is suggested that such is

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the dissatisfaction with the intelligence services in Turkey,

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it'll turn against the Government. Public opinion will turn against the

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government and there might be a move to try to get the government to talk

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to some of these consideredish groups which doesn't seem likely at

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the moementd. -- Kurdish groups. The part stems from the Turkish

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authorities having a very robust, to say the least, crackdown against the

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consideredish groups, blaming them for an original attack last July I

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think it was, which I think was carried out by IS as it turned out.

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So, there is an argument that the Turkish authorities have been

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fuelling this, in a sense by their robust attitude to the Kurds. On the

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other hand, clearly, you can quite see that the Turkish authorities

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think - well we can't stand for this and we have to do everything we can

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to try to protect us. And going to your point just now. They have a

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powerful mill trip avery effective. Perhaps too -- military, and very

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effective, perhaps too effective police state. But it is impossible

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to stop these things. And 14.5 million people live in Istanbul. .

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And let's look at the Merkel story. It is thought to be a test of the

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immigration policy having let a million migrants into Germany. It

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wasn't long ago that Angela Merkel seemed dismissive of this

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anti-immigration party, the AFD, that look to have done well. She

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obviously doesn't like the message they are putting out but... Well

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nobody would like the message. Some of the messages have been... Some of

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the Germans do, that's the point, isn't it? So... It is very

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right-wing. Yesterday was Super - we are talking Monday's papers. Today

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was Super Sunday in Germany where 1 million people voted and voted

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strongly for this right-wing party that was started by a bump of

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academics. There we g people do like it. The trouble is the election

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coming up next year for Angela Merkel and she might well find

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herself in deep trouble. This is a kind of barometer of what is going

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to happen there. But when you look at the attacks? Do you know how many

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attacks there has been on hostels for migrants in Germany in the last

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year. Nearly 1,000. Last year there was a crowd gathered in a small town

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when a hostel that has been prepared for migrants was set on fire and

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they were cheering and so there is something horrible happening in

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Germany, yet last September, do you remember the pictures when they were

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welcoming them in on trains into Munich and they were applauding

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them. So there is this right-wing element that is really nasty. It is

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bigger than that. They are a symbol of an extreme perhaps at one end but

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obviously there is a general feeling, it seems in Germany that

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actually Angela Merkel got it wrong and went far too far. Yes, 1.1

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million migrants last year. In a short space of time. The Germans

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them serves the German government is trying to control that and stop it

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and taking a completely different approach to it now to what it was

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doing less than a year ago. Back to the Daily Telegraph briefly - young

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people waste time on GP years. This is Chief Executive of one of the

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world's largest advertising agencies, Mr Martin southerly say

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you are really wasting your time travelling the world -- Mr Martin

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Sorrell. I have a another daughter, a big gap to them. This one is about

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to go on a gap year. I hate to criticise a person, we have learned

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he is going to earn ?7 #0 million, he has learnhood ?150 million over

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the last five,'s successful businessman but I think personally

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he is talking rubbish, that really, wasting time is not necessarily aed

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about thing. It is what it is B he is talking about trips too badly

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organised and lacking focus, you are not going on a business trip I think

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actually it might help them grow up. I am in the against them, I do did

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not have one. They look fun. Our son did well, and did him no harm, I

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hope he is not watching, he got a first.

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They are winging it. Sorry, Sir Martin, we don't agree

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with you. I'm sure he will lose sleep over that.

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for another look at the stories making the news tomorrow.

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But coming up next it's - Meet the Author.

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